Islamabad has earned the distinction by getting included among first-500 cities in Global Mayors’ Challenge program of 2021. The said program is yearly organized by US-based Bloomberg Cities Network, where hundreds of cities from around the world participate. It is meant to select top 50 ideas from municipalities based upon the criteria of vision, impact, implementation and transferability. Idea themes include health, inclusive growth, climate change and good governance.
Syeda Shafaq Hashmi, Administrator, Metropolitan Corporation of Islamabad, is leading the efforts by pitching MCI’s structural engagement with Street Vendors in the programme. MCI has recently established a Street Economy Unit for the purpose of enhancing street livelihood in Islamabad. Ehsaas program, under the leadership of Dr. Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation, is providing guidance and support in this endeavor. Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) remains the technical partner to for the design and implementation of interventions in the local street economy. Ms. Hashmi is hopeful that MCI’s innovative and participatory idea of improving street economy will take traction with the judges at the Global Mayors’ Challenge.